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Storm Siren

Storm Siren

On 9/25 Violet Nesdoly wrote: “ ‘Fourteen circles for fourteen owners.’ I shade my eyes to block the sun’s reflection off the distant mountains currently doused in snow and smoke and flesh-eating birds” – Kindle Location 107. In this first snippet of the story already we see its bloody DNA. I should have read the online ... Dark negativity and bloody violence

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2 Stars

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David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

On 8/24 Violet Nesdoly wrote: “God always makes a way for a praying man. You may never be able to get a college degree, you may never get rich, but God always has and always will make a way for a praying man” – David Wilkerson, Kindle Location 903. If there is one secret to the success and impact of David Wilkerson’s life, ... A modern Acts

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5 Stars

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 8/16 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Lady Alethea Sutherton, main character in Camille Elliot’s regency romance Prelude for a Lord, is a social misfit, not only because of her suitorless old maid status, but because of her musical interest in the violin which is thought entirely unladylike. For her part, Alethea has long since ceased ... A story even Jane Austen would love

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5 Stars

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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

On 7/31 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Dr. W. Lee Warren arrived at the 332nd Theatre Hospital in Balad ab, Iraq in late 2004. His term of duty as a neurosurgeon ended four months later at the end of April, 2005. No Place to Hide – A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home From the Iraq War is the story of those months. But it is more. Warren ... Intense, graphic, moving, insightful

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5 Stars

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 7/12 Violet Nesdoly wrote: From the opening chapter with its action, complications, and trouble in the characters’ lives, I felt drawn into this contemporary tale of politics, relationships, and morality in America. The characters are complex and well-developed with detailed pasts. The plot develops naturally as the 'veils' ... Tale of politics, relationships, and morality in America

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4 Stars

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Spirit Bridge

Spirit Bridge

On 7/3 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Spirit Bridge—the third and final book in the three-book Well Spring series by James Rubart—is a cat-and-mouse game of evil versus good. In it we follow members of the Warriors Riding Ministry—Reece, Doug, Brandon, Marcus, and Dana that readers have met in books one and two. We’re also introduced ... Cat-and-mouse paranormal

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4 Stars

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NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

On 6/17 Violet Nesdoly wrote: I was excited when I found the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible (NIV) had a Kindle version. I have used the hard copy of this Bible (NKJV version) since 2005—and love it! What sets this study Bible apart from others is its friendliness to Charismatic-Pentecostal belief. First released in 1991, the editor’s ... Links + Back button make this e-version study Bible easy to use

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5 Stars

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Ex-Muslim

Ex-Muslim

On 6/10 Violet Nesdoly wrote: In Ex-Muslim Naeem Fazal (with Kitti Murray) tells the story of how he, an ethnic Pakistani from Kuwait, came to America as a devout Muslim, intent on meeting beautiful blondes. Then one day, during a frightening encounter with evil, he met Jesus. Fazal also tells how his siblings converted to Christianity, ... From chasing chicks to planting a church

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4 Stars

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Daisies Are Forever

Daisies Are Forever

On 5/28 Violet Nesdoly wrote: This bleak book forced me to look at the horrors of war full in the face and at the same time, admire the courage of the people who live through it. Tolsma’s vivid writing helps us see the devastation of the war-touched landscapes, feel the panic of bombs going off all around, live the claustrophobia ... Vivid writing helps us experience the Berlin of WWII

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4 Stars

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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 5/12 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Life Behind the Wall is a collection of three novella-length stories for the YA crowd. Each is set in part of Berlin in a different time period between 1948 and 1989. Book One, Candy Bomber, begins in the summer of 1948. Erich Becker, a 13-year-old Berlin resident, hates the Americans whose bombs wrecked ... Cold War Adventures for Kids

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5 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 4/23 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Lydia, slave of Cleopatra, is not only lovely but also ambitious. Her artistic pottery is in demand and already she has collected a bag of coins against the day she can escape from the palace and start her own business. But the night Herod comes to visit, everything changes. Cleopatra, stymied in her ... Get close to the likes of Cleopatra, Herod

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4 Stars

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How High Will You Climb?

How High Will You Climb?

On 4/8 Violet Nesdoly wrote: If you need an attitude makeover, How High Will You Climb? is your go-to guide. Using the metaphor of attitude in the world of flight, author John C. Maxwell helps us analyze our life's attitude ("... an inward feeling expressed by behaviour" - Kindle Location 81) from every possible angle: what an attitude ... Self-help for attitude makeover

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4 Stars

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Plain Peace

Plain Peace

On 12/31 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Eighteen-year-old Anna Byler has never been on a date. No one has asked her. She suspects it is because her grandfather and guardian, Bishop Isaac Byler is at least partly to blame. His gruff manner and strict enforcement of all their Amish colony’s rules is enough to keep even the most charmed young ... Morally confusing

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3 Stars

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Stones for Bread

Stones for Bread

On 12/22 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Running her own bakeshop, the Wild Rise, will finally fill the void in 30-something Liesel McNamara’s life—won’t it? She sure has wagered all her dough on it—and the array of artisan sourdough starters, some as old as her history itself. An artisan bakery in Billingston, Vermont is the setting ... Rich and Satisfying

Violet's Rating:

5 Stars

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This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

On 11/18 Violet Nesdoly wrote: “My life has taken one incredible turn after another. I’ve gotten to do what I wanted to do, I’ve been a captain! I’ve traveled the world. … I’ve been given this incredible gift of a life, and now I want to use it to give back… ” – Gavin MacLeod in the Preface to This Is Your Captain ... That smile on the Captain's face is real!

Violet's Rating:

4 Stars

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God in My Everything

God in My Everything

On 10/2 Violet Nesdoly wrote: It’s always a good sign when an author’s book comes from the requests of readers or hearers to learn more. That’s part of the tale of Ken Shigetmatsu’s book God In My Everything. I’m sure he never imagined, that Sunday morning he filled in for a no-show visiting speaker at his Vancouver church ... Order your life in a hectic age

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5 Stars

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Joni and Ken

Joni and Ken

On 5/14 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Joni & Ken is the story of the relationship of Joni Eareckson Tada, the famous author, quadriplegic, and champion of the disabled, and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. Based on primary documents (articles, messages, blogs, interview, emails, radio transcript, out-of-print books of Joni’s are all ... Joni & Ken (review)

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5 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/16 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Around the time Robert D. Smith had lived his 20,000th day, he took two of the next 20,000 (or however many he has left) to plan how he would spend the rest of his life. In his book 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now, he divulges what he did during his two-day ... Live with the end in mind

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5 Stars

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 8/13 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Ava has come a long way from her hurtful childhood in Sheila Walsh and Cindy Coloma’s latest book Song of the Brokenhearted. Now the perfect image of someone who has it all together, Ava runs the Broken Hearts Ministry out of her Dallas church with compassion and smooth efficiency. But no sooner are ... God can turn old torments into a new start

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5 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 7/26 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Michael Leehan’s decision to serve Satan one Saturday morning was the culmination of years of disappointment and turmoil. His painful, undisciplined childhood was followed by a youth dominated by pain-killers and alcohol. His marriage began happily but ended in divorce after nine years, leaving him ... Dark but worthwhile

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5 Stars

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Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy

On 7/9 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus by Ruth Rosen, daughter of the subject, gives us the life story of this extraordinary man from the viewpoint of his family and colleagues. The book is made up of 32 chapters that are divided into three sections. ... A daughter reflects on her father's life and impact

Violet's Rating:

4 Stars

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 6/2 Violet Nesdoly wrote: under the broad headings of The Basics, Developing Your Style, Achieving Balance, Living a Good Life, and Staying Connected. In addition to topics one would expect to see in this type of book (like "Let people know you care," "Write down the important things," and "Look for ways to help") are surprises ... Contentment lifestyle how-to

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5 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 4/24 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Evan Angler’s middle-grade novel Swipe takes place in the future when society has been through ecological upheaval, shortages, plague, and war. Leaders Lamson and Cylis have remedied all that with many innovations including the mark, a nano-dust arm tattoo every 13-year-old gets on his or her birthday. I ... Imaginative setting

Violet's Rating:

4 Stars

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Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

On 8/30 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler have done a good job of taking the belief pulse of today’s teens. Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door is their book for this age group. It identifies and refutes 42 commonly held beliefs about Christianity in an attempt to “…discuss common myths, many of which ... Book review: <i>Don't Check Your Brains at the Door</i> by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler

Violet's Rating:

3 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful

Voices of the Faithful

On 2/3 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Daily meditations that take readers from China, to Africa, to the Caribbean, to Central Asia in just a week are what set apart this book of devotional readings. Popular speaker and writer Beth Moore ties the many Voices of the Faithful together in the book's introduction and short essays that explain ... Book Review: Voices of the Faithful

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4 Stars

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Embracing Your Second Calling

Embracing Your Second Calling

On 6/22 Violet Nesdoly wrote: From the moment I saw this book’s title and read a description of it, I knew it was one I had to read. Now that I have I can, without hesitation, recommend Embracing Your Second Calling: Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life by Dale Hanson Bourke to any and every woman in the second half ... Welcome to the best of your life!

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5 Stars

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Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

On 5/2 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Lucille O’Neal shows us that champions can have the humblest beginnings. In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Health, this mother of NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal tells her inspiring story. From her earliest memories of the stern discipline of her grandparents and ... Book review: <i>Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Health</i>by Lucille O'Neal

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4 Stars

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Buried Alive

Buried Alive

On 3/25 Violet Nesdoly wrote: There are some books which you almost dread starting because you know really bad things are going to happen in them. Buried Alive is such a book. In it Roy Hallums (with Audrey Hudson) tells the story of his 2004 kidnapping by a group of Iraqi insurgents from an office in Baghdad, the 311 days of his ... Story of 311 days in hell - told with grace and insight

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4 Stars

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 1/19 Violet Nesdoly wrote: In The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great, author Benjamin Merkle opens the curtain on a time in the Middle Ages when Anglo-Saxon warriors fought Viking invaders with iron spears and defended themselves with wooden shields. This colorful biography focuses on one of the few medieval rulers ... Medieval Inspiration

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3 Stars

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The Power of Respect

The Power of Respect

On 11/28 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Few of us need to be convinced of the value of respect – at least insofar as we want others to show it to us. In The Power of Respect, Deborah Norville explores how respect impacts all of life's relationships from how we view ourselves, to how we interact with family members and friends, to how we ... Book review: <i>The Power of Respect</i> by Deborah Norville

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4 Stars

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Kabul 24

Kabul 24

On 10/6 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Authors Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson crawl behind the eyes and into the minds and hearts of the eight European, American, and Australian missionaries the Taliban held captive in Kabul for 105 days in 2001. The result is Kabul24, a story to which readers are willing hostages for the entire suspense-filled ... This book will hold YOU hostage

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4 Stars

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Everyday Greatness

Everyday Greatness

On 9/10 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Sixty-three of the best stories from the Reader’s Digest archives, organized into chapters which address twenty-one essential components of character – that’s what you have in Everyday Greatness. What was the point of resurrecting and reprinting these stories? For David K. Hatch, who pulled the ... Everyday Greatness by Steven R. Covey

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 7/17 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Title: Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the WorldAuthor: James A. BeverleyPublisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers; SuperSaver Edition edition (Feb 3 2009), Hardcover, 644 pages.ISBN-10: 0785244913ISBN-13: 978-0785244912(Click on cover icon for this ... Book Review: Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World by James A. Beverley

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5 Stars

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Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal

On 5/7 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Title: Face of Betrayal Author: Lis Wiehl with April Henry Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers-Fiction (April 7 2009), Hardcover, 320 p.ISBN-10: 1595547053ISBN-13: 978-1595547057When Katie Converse, a 17-year-old Washington page home for a Portland Christmas, goes out on December 13th to walk the dog ... book review: Face of Betrayal - A Triple Threat Novel by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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5 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Title: The NoticerAuthor: Andy AndrewsPublisher: Thomas Nelson, hardcover, 176 pagesISBN-10: 0785229213ISBN-13: 978-0785229216“I had been crying, and he heard me, I guess. My cries were not the muffled sobs of loneliness or the whimpering of discomfort – though certainly I was lonely and uncomfortable ... Book Review: The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 4/17 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Title: The Hole In Our GospelAuthor: Richard StearnsPublisher: Thomas Nelson, March 10, 2009, Hardcover, 320 pagesISBN-10: 0785229183ISBN-13: 978-0785229186You know how sometimes vanilla people can go all salsa on us? They’re bland and ordinary until they experience a pivotal event like a spouse being ... book review: The Hole In Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

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5 Stars

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Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

On 3/16 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Title: Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure(One of the Max Lucado Hermie and Friends DVD Series)Publisher: Thomas NelsonRunning time: 60 minutes including bonus featuresASIN: B001RPYU12When Skeeter the mosquito hears that the great Sir Sinclair M. Skeeto is coming to town, he’s less ... DVD Review: Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure

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4 Stars

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Holding Fast

Holding Fast

On 2/18 Violet Nesdoly wrote: Title: Holding Fast - The Untold Story of the Mount Hood TragedyAuthor: Karen JamesPublisher: Thomas Nelson, 2008, Hardcover, 256 pagesISBN-10: 1595551751ISBN-13: 978-1595551757As Kelly James lay alone in a snow cave nearly eleven thousand feet high on Mount Hood, he wondered, “Where the h— is Brian? ... book review: Holding Fast - The Untold Story of the Mount Hood Tragedy by Karen James

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5 Stars

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